What would be an easy to remember elevator speech for internal audit? I recently posed that question to the Regents Fiscal Affairs and Audit Committee.

My search feed generates a fair number of audit-related items. One stood out as both useful and interesting in its description of internal audit.

Austin Kleon, a self-described writer who draws, shares three reasons for sharing your work with others and explains how the process of sharing provides a feedback loop for more sharing and learning.

Year-end holidays are a wonderful time when people show gratitude for a job well done and celebrate their good relationships. It's also an excellent time to review state and university gift guidelines to avoid an unintended ethics miscue.

Pcards are a convenient and cost-effective way to facilitate high-volume small-dollar purchases. But without proper control and oversight, pcards provide a convenient avenue for big-time fraud as well.

Past blog posts have emphasized the importance of control environment and conflict of interest reporting. Conditions at Georgia Tech this past summer provide a case study in why these themes are important.

Tone at the Top includes many spheres of influence throughout an organization. The trickle-down effect of the tone communicated (for good or ill) can emanate from many positions.

The importance of Control Environment, or “Tone at the Top,” on an organization's risk management and control processes cannot be overstated. What elements contribute to an effective Control Environment?

Kevin Robinson, AVP for the Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy (OACP) at Auburn University, discusses conflicts of interest. Robinson explains that having a conflict of interest doesn't necessarily mean someone has done anything illegal or unethical but that conflicts must be disclosed, evaluated, and managed.

Kevin Robinson, AVP for the Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy (OACP) at Auburn University, recently surveyed thought leaders about risk-related issues, asking what they see as emerging topics in higher education. Every person he spoke with mentioned conflicts of interest.